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FCPS: Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for parents, educators and community members to access information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities. Free workshops, confidential consultations and over 6,000 lending library materials available at the PRC help ensure that ALL students are inspired, engaged and thriving. Walk-in, call or email us. We’re here to help!

The FCPS Parent Resource Center
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services
2334 Gallows Road, Room 105
Dunn Loring, Virginia 22027
Tel: 703-204-3941

Workshops for Parents, Educators and Community Members

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers FREE workshops for parents, educators and community members, training, and conferences on a wide variety of topics throughout the school year.

Attend our research-based, professional workshops to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Resources and strategies to support all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Register Online for Parent Resource Center Workshops


Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events become available they will be posted at:

Post-Adoptive Recreation Program for Youth 10-15 with Special Needs
A once-monthly Saturday recreation and respite program open to Fairfax County residents who have adopted via public or private agencies.
Contact: Formed Families Forward

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
When other events become available they will be posted at:
Accommodations for Recreational Classes with Fairfax County Parks
The Park Authority is committed to providing all residents equal access to programs, classes, and camps.  Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.
To request accommodations, or 703-324-8563
Fairfax County Parks – Adapted Recreation for Kids
Swimming, gymnastics, ice skating, fitness, park explorers.
Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation 
I Can Bike After-School Program
Various weeks in March through May at Middle Schools in Fairfax County
This program uses adapted bicycles, a special instructional program, and trained staff to run the weeklong trainings for children with disabilities.
Information and registration:
Plan Ahead — Kinship Café:  Dinner and Discussion for Kinship Caregivers
Wed May 8, 6:00-8:00pm
Mott Community Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
Share a family meal and conversation about raising children for relatives or friends.  Includes separate games and activities for children and teens.
Register by Wed. May 1:  email or 703 246-4653
Ending the Silence:  Raising Awareness and Changing Perceptions About Mental Health Conditions
Wed May 1, 7:00-8:30pm
Arc of GPW 13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge
This presentation includes warning signs of a possible mental health condition and how to get help. Early recognition and prevention are key to positive outcomes.
Plan Ahead — Parenting Wisely — 5 week class
Tue May 21-Jun. 18, 6:30-8:00 pm
Sherwood CC 3740 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, VA
Using realistic videos, facilitators take parents through common issues such as sibling conflict, doing chores, managing schoolwork, finding drugs, and curfews.
Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) Survey 
Help SLN learn about the experiences of siblings of individuals with disabilities so as to develop more supports for them. Survey:
Questions? Contact Meghan Burke at  217-300-1226
Family Power and Engagement
Thu May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn how to use restorative discipline at home to help resolve conflict, improve communication, and develop empathy and self awareness within your family.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to High School
Thu May 2, 10 am-noon
PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Help your child to transition from guided to independent learning and to learn time management to balance academics, family time, sports, and a social life.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Plan Ahead — Understanding the Eligibility and IEP Process
Mon May 6, 10:00-11:30am
TCW, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
This workshop is designed to give parents new to ACPS Special Education a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
Register by May 2:  email or phone 703-824-0129
Building Soft Skills for Employment for Students with Disabilities
Wed May 8, 6:30-8:00pm
TCW HS 3330 King St. Alexandria
Learn how to strengthen your child’s interpersonal skills, which are important in the workplace but may be difficult for students with disabilities to master.
Register by May 3 email or phone 703-824-0129
The Ambiguous Losses of Raising a Child with a Developmental Disability
Sat May 4, 10:00am-12:00pm
MBC 10002 Battleview Pkwy. Manasass
Strategies for managing ambiguous loss that have been adapted specifically for parents of children with a developmental disability will be presented.
Parents as Partners: Building Bridges Between Home, School and Community
Sat May 4, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Hampton MS 14800 Darbydale Ave. Woodbridge
Learn about special education, behavior intervention, mental health supports, home-school communication and school transitions.
Parent Caregivers Connect
Tue May 7, 10:00am-11:30am
8136 Old Keene Mill Rd # B-102, Springfield, VA
Connect with other parents who are caring for children with brain injuries.
Understanding the Eligibility, 504, and Special Education Processes
Tue May 7, 6-8 pm
LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about the special education process from child study to the implementation of an IEP or a 504 plan.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Supporting Your Child at School – Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD
Wed May 8, noon–1:30 pm — Webinar   $49
Family members will learn about how ADHD affects learning and how to request support for your child at school to help ensure their success.
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. May 8, 6-8 pm
The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. # 200, Falls Church
Parents and students will learn about and practice using this technology to plan complex tasks using smaller steps, set goals, and track progress toward them.
Assistive Technology (AT) and Your Child: A Recipe for Success
Wed May 8, 6:30-8:00 pm
Kellar Library GMU 4400 University Dr. Fairfax 
Learn about your child’s right to AT, strategies for advocating for appropriate AT for your child during IEP meetings, and how to choose the right devices.
Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities — 3 Webinar Series
Part One:  Defining Your Community of Support
Thu. May 9, noon-1 pm.  Learn how to grow a community of support tailored to your needs.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Open House
Thu May 9, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Merrifield Ctr. 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Learn about local new programs being offered to address children’s mental health challenges. Includes speakers, events for children, professionals, and adults.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication:  AAC Partner Training Strategies
May 15, 6:30-8:00 pm
TCW, Rm. 175, 3801 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria
Learn about AAC tools and how to use them to enhance a child’s ability to communicate at home, at school, and in the community.
Register by May 9:  email or phone 703-824-0129
Screening of Intelligent Lives
Fri May 10, time TBA, Rolling Valley ES 6703 Barnack Dr, West Springfield
This film points to a future in which people of all abilities can participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.
Digital Citizenship:  Tips for Parents
Fri May 10, 10 am-noon
PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how to provide a safe online space in which your children can learn healthy, ethical, and responsible technology use at home and in school.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Emergency Preparedness & Safety Autism Education Workshop
Sat May 11, 10 am-noon
ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn about emergency preparedness for families with ASD, including safety guidelines, risk management and prevention, and community resources.
Ford’s Theatre Sensory-Friendly Performance: Into the Woods
Sat May 11, 2:00pm
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC
This performance of Sondheim’s musical fairy tale with a twist is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Tickets:  202-347-4833, option 7    $25-$30
Fairfax Disability Employment Summit
Mon May 13, 4:30-6:30 pm
Fairfax Govt. Center, 12000 Govt. Center Blvd. Fairfax
Discuss ways to improve collaboration between government, non-profits, and companies to expand hiring. retention, and promotion of people with disabilities.
Contact:   Michael Beattie 703-994-8619.
Project First Responder
Tue May 14, 6-8 pm
LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn, VA
Learn about a program that helps first responders to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to manage emergency situations.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Kinship Family Focus Group: Suggestions for Fairfax
Tue May 14, 6:15-7:15 pm
Formed Families Forward 4031 Univ. Dr. #100 Fairfax
Kinship families —Share your experiences, needs, and wishes for kinship family supports in our area  Child care available
Developing Independence in Teens and Children with ADHD
Tue May 14, 7:00-8:30 pm
Flint Hill School. 3320 Jermantown Rd. Oakton
This presentation will focus on skills all children need to develop in order to be independent, and how parents can foster this learning.
Waivers, Managed Care, and EPSDT — Webinar with hard copy option
Wed May 15, 10:00-11:30 am
Hear the basics of Medicaid Waivers including the move to CCC Plus Managed Care and the EPSDT program.
Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?
Wed May 15, 7:00-8:30 pm
Arc of GPW MH Ctr.13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge
Learn how to talk with your child about bullying, how to prevent bullying from occurring, and how to develop responses to it if it occurs.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Anxiety
Thu May 16, 11:45 am-1:15 pm
StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to use anxiety as a force for good, how to leverage it to motivate yourself, and how to help your children do the same.
Special Needs Legal & Financial Planning Workshop
Thu May 16, 7-9 pm
NVJCC 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, Virginia
This will be an overview of financial and legal planning as it relates to life stages, transitioning issues, legal issues and government programs.
Register:  Contact Carey 571-378-0245 or
Suicide Prevention:  What Every Parent Needs to Know
Thu May 16
LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Come to learn about risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, and strategies to reduce the likelihood of a child developing thoughts of suicide.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities
Fri May 17, 10 am-noon
PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join the Office of Emergency Management to learn about emergency plans in Fairfax County for evacuation and sheltering of families of children with disabilities.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Sat May 18, 1-3 pm
Luther Jackson Middle School 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA
Families of children with atypical abilities are invited for interactive activities and exhibits involving science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
ACSD Meet and Greet
Thu May 22, 7-9 pm
Luther Jackson Middle School 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA
Learn about the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) and the services that are provided by the Parent Resource Center.
Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities — 3 Webinar Series
Part Two:  Getting Started:  Creating and Launching Your Community 
Thu. May 23, noon-1 pm.   Register:
Understanding Processing Speed — Webinar
Thu May 23, 12:00pm
Learn why some students struggle to keep up in class and take longer to respond to questions or finish homework.
Plan ahead — Transition to College Courses
Jun 24-28, 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
July 15-19, 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
These courses help seniors understand what they will need to do to be successful at college and helps them figure out how they can do so.  $850

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD
Meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 – 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax, Enter on South Street. No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building
Contact: or call 703- 641-8940.

Community of Solutions Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

‘Meraki’ Teen Drop-In Group
Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm
1st Floor Lobby of Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax
Contact: 703-207-7893 Peer Recovery Support Staff.

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms
This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.

Autism Dads
Meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.
Contact: George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group 4th Monday of each month at 6:30pm.
Contact: Jenny or call 703-472-4678.

West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm
Contact: Sharon or call 703-716-4646.

Loudoun County Parents of Teens with ADHD
Meet last Wednesday of the month at Cascades Library in Potomac Falls. Contact: Bonnie Little 571-306-2932

CSB Family Support Group
Gatlan Center on 2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6:00pm-8:00pm in Alexandria
Contact: or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome
3rd Thursday of month, 7:00pm-9:00pm in Alexandria.
Contact: George or call 703-545-6089.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group f
For problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community.
7:30 pm every Tuesday Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Builds better lives for affected families.

Arlington Family Support Group
Meets two Sundays a month @ 7:00-8:30 pm. Contact: Michelle Best at

OCD Family Support Group
Meets 1st Mon. of each month @ 7:30 pm. Contact: or call 202-215-5859.

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group Contact: Nicole Zupan at

Padres de hoy
Support group in Spanish.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.
Call 703-824-6865 to register. Free childcare.

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group
Meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC)
Meeting times and location posted at: